Thursday, February 25, 2016

Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell (Twisted Tales #2)

Once Upon a Dream
by Liz Braswell

My rating: 3 stars

Series: A Twisted Tale - Book 2
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: Fairytales retold
Print Length: 448 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

It should be simple--a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess's, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.

With a desperate fairy's last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent's agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?

 Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
(Twisted Tales #2)

Once Upon a Dream (A Twisted Tale, #2)What a fabulous premise! What if the prince’s true love kiss never happened and he didn’t wake Sleeping Beauty? Would she remain trapped in her dreams and nightmares? What would her world be like if an evil fairy trapped her and kept her as a pampered princess in a world where nothing is real? How would Aurora feel to find out her life had been a lie, all because of a deal made when she was born? How would Aurora discover she is in a living nightmare and find the courage to find a way out, possibly discovering the powerful woman she was meant to be?

Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell has the makings for a fabulously intriguing read! A modern and much darker version of Sleeping Beauty, gone is the sweet and simple tale we all grew up with. Aurora does meet her prince, but he has fallen into her world, and now they must escape.

Follow along through their trials, tribulations and the shocks of discovering the truth and manipulation Aurora has faced at the hands of Maleficent. The depth of each scene was often vivid, but the characters lacked that spark of life. I’m not really sure I cared for the portrayal of Aurora until the final pages when she seemed to come into her own. Philip was, at times humorous and he definitely can slay dragons, but he lacked that larger-than-life feel that a fairytale prince should have. Philip would make an excellent boy-next-door, though. For me, this was a stupendous idea that just didn’t come through for me. There ARE great action scenes, and they ARE well done. I just didn’t fall into the story and live with the characters.

I received an ARC edition from Disney Press in exchange for my honest review.

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